I'm in the midst of kinda-sorta-maybe feeling better, and I'm hopeful that the (slow) recovery will continue!
There's a hidden blessing in not feeling healthy: staying home and resting. When I have a day off and a healthy body, I run errands and make plans. I have a tendency to generally exhaust myself, even if all the activities are enjoyable. But when I'm sick, the activities and the rhythms change. When I'm sick, there's a drive to just take a little bit better care of myself. I've been going to bed a bit earlier. Sleeping in a bit later, and taking a nap if I need to, and not feeling guilty about it. Drinking smoothies and eating lots of veggies. Avoiding the processed foods. Reading my Bible more. Settling in on the couch for a lengthier knitting session. Finally make progress on that library book that I need to return soon. Doing a slow, mellow yoga practice. By slowing down, and saying "no" a few times, I took better care of myself physically, yes, but also better care of myself emotionally and spiritually. It all has me thinking, what if I took care of myself this well when I'm healthy?
There's never a season in life when I don't need to practice intentional rest, I'm just better at it when I'm sick. I certainly don't want to be sick all the time (blech), but there's a lesson for me here: it's perfectly okay (and healthy!) to practice sick day activities even when I'm physically healthy. In all the midst of this recovery time, more specifically, I've been:
- Wanting to streamline our home again...less of everything. Including phone distractions. I'm in the midst of organizing everything from our filing system to the bathroom cupboard
- Thinking about this podcast on minimalism "Minimal isn't about depravation, it's about bringing those things [social media, etc] back into your life in a meaningful way."
- Reading this blog, written by a college friend
- Knitting through my stash (using lovely grey yarn I brought in 2010) and working on projects I've already started
- Milk and cookies before bed, and late-night muffin-baking
- Making sauerkraut
- Eating homemade lasagna and experiencing the joy of leftovers, again and again
- Rediscovering quotes I wrote out over a year ago, as I was sorting through some paperwork
- Words of encouragement/biblical truth/prayer from dear friends, and a little knitting and coffee on the side
- Loving the feel of a book in my hands, often. I'll write about some of my favorite reads soon!
What are your favorite or most beneficial "recovery activities"?
Despite my writing in the previous post that fall felt like it passed the baton to winter, we've actually had some rather warm and sunny weather here. Trying to enjoy the ease of outdoor time without winter layers, just yet!
Looking back at my recent posts, I realized it has been a long time since I wrote a little post about "life lately." I've written about things in our life, yes, like Cooper turning four, a visit to our friends in Bloomington, a visit from my family, a trip to the beach and the one year anniversary of my mother-in-law's passing, recent knitting and other creative projects, and some updates about our garden this year. But I haven't written a post with the little mish-mash bits of life since early June. So here I am now, playing a little bit of catch up.
Sometimes I enjoy "jotting down" my current favorite things – music or shows, recipes, small purchases worth spending money on, or other little bits and bobs. For me personally, it's a fun snapshot of my life at this very moment, and it might be fun for someone else too.